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ENDS TUESDAY: two huge credit card sign-up bonus offers
We have two big credit card offers ending on Tuesday 13th June so you’ll need to move quickly if you want to apply.
Get a huge 60,000 points PLUS £200 travel credit, and great benefits, with American Express Platinum
American Express is currently running an exceptional deal on The Platinum Card. The bonus is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points.
60,000 Membership Rewards points converts to 60,000 Avios, Virgin Points, Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Asia Miles, Delta, Finnair, Qantas or SAS miles. You could also turn them into 120,000 Hilton points, 90,000 Marriott points, 180,000 Radisson points, 4,000 Eurostar points and many other non-travel rewards.
Even better, American Express is throwing in a £200 travel credit too. Once you have triggered the 60,000 points (£6,000 spend in six months required) you will also be given £200 to spend at Amex Travel.
Whilst the annual fee is £575, this is refundable pro-rata if you cancel once you’ve banked the bonus.
Our main article on the ‘60,000 points plus £200 travel credit’ bonus is here. Make sure you read the bit about whether or not you qualify for the bonus.
You can apply for The Platinum Card with the special bonus on this page of the Amex website.
The representative APR is 464.4% variable, including the annual fee. The representative APR on purchases is 29.7% variable.
But that’s not all ….
Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card
Tuesday is also the last day you can get the increased 30,000 Virgin Points sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card.
The £160 Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card earns 1.5 Virgin Points per £1 and comes with a 241 or upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 per year. The usual bonus is 15,000 points.
The cards are issued by Virgin Money so it is very unlikely that you will be conflicted due to having any other cards from the same bank.
Crucially, the cards have no foreign exchange fees when used in the Eurozone.
The representative APR is 69.7% variable, including the annual fee. The representative APR on purchases is 26.9% variable.
This week’s top travel news stories:
Virgin Atlantic launches flights to Sao Paulo and Bengaluru. They join four other routes recently announced, including the Maldives, as the airline heads back to growth.
Priority Pass and Plaza Premium broker a new deal, opening up Plaza Premium lounges to all Priority Pass cardholders
How much smaller is British Airways long haul fleet post-pandemic? – and why this is a problem for you
Other British Airways and Avios news:
Buy Avios for 0.84p with the new Avios Balance Boost. Is it worth it?
Other airline news:
Reviews this week:
Rhys heads to Belfast, where he reviews the Hilton Belfast hotel, refurbished during covid.
He gets there by taking the Stena Line ferry from Liverpool, and spending eight hours in its Stena Plus Lounge. Image above. How was it?
Other interesting articles:
That’s all, folks
See you next Saturday.
Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points